He was born on April 6, 1940, the son of Lester John and Pauline (Nelson) Evans.
Ed was raised in the Elk Creek area, attending grade school at Stultz and one year of Cabool High School.
He was united in marriage to Betty Clark and to this union a daughter, Pamela, was born. Ed was later married to Lucky Lois Carson and to this union a son, Eddie Joe, was born.
Ed worked on ranches and farmed all his life; he loved hunting, fishing, his horse, Buck and especially his family. He also enjoyed collecting knives and guns.
Ed was preceded in death by his father, Lester, and his second wife, Lucky Lois.
He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Carder and husband Gary of Mtn. Grove, Missouri; his son, Eddie Joe Evans of Elk Creek; his mother, Pauline Matthis of Cabool, Missouri; grandchildren, Nocona Thompson, Kristy Huff and Mackenzie Evans; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Bill Evans and wife Marti; and longtime friend and companion, Mary Ellen Gann. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements were under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.